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During the lock down almost everyone in the UK has developed green fingers and is spending considerable time gardening. We have learnt, if we had not experienced it before, that gardening is therapeutic, a calming, creative and highly rewarding activity. We can appreciate the French writer and philosopher Voltaire’s view on gardening in Candide that tending one’s garden is good for your soul and productive also. Even if he originally meant that people should produce veg and crops for selling them at markets, and tending one’s garden was a way of not interfering with others’ business (that’s the origin of the saying). I don’t know if shoppers in endless queues in front of garden centres and B&Qs did think of Voltaire and Candide during their wait to be let in, but if they did, they could agree with the government policy that gardening is really essential (and not just for opening certain stores). In the book Pangloss says to Candide:

“You are in the right, for when man was put into the garden of Eden, it was with an intent to dress it: and this proves that man was not born to be idle. “Work then without disputing,” said Martin; “it is the only way to render life supportable.”

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Sharing God's Love in a practical way has always been our aim, whether that be overseas or in our local community. We support overseas mission projects via Commitment for Life and Nailsea Water Project. We also support Caring at Christmas, Children's Hospice South West and local community projects by raising funds through special events and offerings.

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Induction Rev.d Janos Nagy

Dear Friends,
I am John, a Hungarian and British national who moved to England with my family 12 years ago. In 2002 I had a transfer from the UCC, Calvin Synod, USA to the British URC. Prior to that, I served in the Hungarian Reformed Church as a local church minister, a part time teacher and an editor for a church publishing house.

Since May 2002, I have served at Horfield and Argyle Morley URCs in Bristol, and I am still their minister, so they must be a very patient people!

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.